Defection: Yari, Marafa reject Matawalle as APC Leader in Zamfara

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The governor of Zamfara state, Bello Matawalle, seems not to be well-welcomed in his new home, the All Progressive Congress (APC). Two chieftains in the state, Abdulaziz Yari and Kabiru Garba Marafa, have rejected his leadership.

Recall NewsWireNGR had earlier reported that Matawalle like his counterpart in Cross River, Ben Ayade, dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the ruling party, APC.

Yobe State governor and chairman of APC’s caretaker committee, Mai Mala Buni while receiving Matawalle in Zamfara state capital, Gusau, announced the dissolution of the state’s APC executives and appointed Matawalle as the state leader.

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Opposing Buni’s decision, Yari, a former governor of Zamfara and Senator Marafa told BBC Hausa that “his (Buni’s) declaration was not part of what we discussed with six governors before he (Matawalle) defected”.

According to Yari, “What we all agreed during our meeting with the six governors was that Matawalle should be received into our fold and afterward, we should discuss how to integrate both his people and ours.

“But during the defection, we were told that the party executives should be dissolved. You just don’t dissolve executives of a party because nobody has the power to do so,” 

In the same vein, Marafa claimed; “We said for proper integration, there should be a meeting for proper consultations but all of a sudden, announcement was made that the party executives had been dissolved and someone was named as leader of our party. This is incorrect”.

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